Summary Key Points:
- Lucy, Happy and Carla are saved by the sudden appearance of Gray and Erza Scarlet
- Erza proceeds to engage her Edolas version, while Gray and the others scramble to help Natsu and Wendy
- Happy heads over to Gajeel and takes him to the Lacrima, where they are attacked by Panther Lily
- It seems Dragon Slayer magic has many applications in Edolas, and it can be used to return Lacrima converted people back to normal
- Natsu and Wendy let everyone know of Faust’s plan to destroy the Exceeds
- The Edolas Kingdom plans to have the Fairy Tail Lacrima crash into Extalia, and cause a massive merger of all the magic there
- Wendy and Carla decide to warn to the Exceeds of the impending attack
- Natsu, Gray and Lucy search the castle and find themselves in an Asument Park
- The episode ends with Sugar Boy and Hughes about to attack them
Picking up where we left off last week, episode 86 features some much needed action coming back into Fairy Tail, and it brings with it a new OP and ED set.
Its definitely great to see Erza and Gray make a comeback into the story. I gotta admit, I really love the idea of the current team, namely Natsu, Gajeel, Wendy, Erza, Gray and Lucy, along with Happy and Carla. I think Gajeel’s a really interesting character, along with say Juvia, and its nice to see him get utilized. He’s like Fairy Tail’s Wolverine character (Marvel comics, X-Men) and its cool to see the wild badass join the team of already quirky main characters.
Not to mention, we haven’t seen a big fight with Gajeel since well… his fight with Natsu and the little assistance he provided Natsu in the Laxus fight. Other than that, he’s playing the sidelines, and the fact that’s taking on perhaps the most badass villain in this arc, is quite amazing. Gotta hand it to Fairy Tail, after quite a few episodes of solid story, it has me just as excited for the upcoming battles!
Speaking of battles, there actually wasn’t a lot of fighting yet, as most of the characters had to get to where they’d meet their opponents. We did get a brief start to the Erza versus Erza battle. I think both myself and Erza Scarlet were kind of interested in the fact that both of her versions are able to use Re-Equip, or rather, the end result as she puts it, is the same. I think Erza’s met her fair match this time, which is ironically herself. The other Erza is actually a lot more brutal, less honorable and more vicious than our Erza, who actually seemed a bit tame.
On the plus side, Erza Knightwalker only has 10 forms, 10 commandments as she puts it. Erza Scarlet has an unlimited amount of armor and weapons. One thing I really loved the little nod to Groove Adventure Rave (Ravemaster) in this scene:
Its interesting that the way Erza Knightwalker fights is kind of similar to Haru Glory from Groove Adventure Rave. Had that not been pointed out, I probably wouldn’t have noticed it XD Either way, I think the fight between both Erzas is going to be quite something!
We also had Gajeel take front stage as he ran into none other than Panther Lily. So it seems Panther Lily is an Exceed? Hrm… He’s the tallest and strongest Exceed I’ve seen so far. And WOW! That sword, holy hell is that sword huge. Move over Cloud, here comes the new master of EPICLY HUGE GIGANTIC Swords! XD
I’m really excited for this battle as well. I can see what some of you meant when you said that Panther Lily was going to be badass, I gotta admit, I’m impressed already. Gajeel taking him on makes it all the more interesting, since he’s basically got the ability to use any kind of Iron/Metal weapon.
We are also explained on the whole reason why everyone except Natsu and Wendy could use their magic. Makes sense I guess, its a neat little cheat that Mystogan developed for Fairy Tail to be able to fight in Edolas. Simply use a pill that can let you use magic from your body. With that, Fairy Tail is pretty much ready for some serious dishing out of payback.
Wendy and Natsu also explain the big plan of the Humans to destroy the Exceed. So basically, Faust’s big plan is to blast the Exceeds with their magical Atom bomb eh? Can’t say I’m too impressed, but I guess it works. It gives Fairy Tail a reason to kick Faust and his army’s behind, and it raises the stakes for nearly everyone involved. I admit, I was a bit surprised by Wendy’s decision to warn the Exceeds, but I guess it makes sense given how goody two shoes she is.
The episode ends with Gray, Natsu and Lucy entering “Happy land” in the castle, and running into none other than:
Sugar Boy and Hughes. Seems like the three of them have to take these guys down before any rescue can happen. I admit, I’m not as excited about Natsu and Gray’s fights, and I’m sure Lucy will do fine in her own fight. Sugar boy and Hughes just haven’t put that much of an impression on me, but hey, I could change my mind about them as things go on.
All things said and done, its finally time for some amazing battles! Its been a long time coming, but we’re finally ready for some awesome!
OP 10 – [Rock City Boy] by DaisyxDaisy: (B+)
The first thing that I thought after watching this OP was: “Well I guess this okay too!” XD. The animation was pretty darn awesome, even if it did pretty much spoil most of the upcoming story. Wow Fairy Tail, you’ve been doing so GOOD! I thought you had finally gotten over this whole “spoil the story” in the OPs habit. I see you’ve relapsed back into it XD
I won’t spoil the OP reveals if you didn’t notice them, but you’d be pretty hard pressed to not have missed who Faust really is for one. You also pretty much know who is fighting who. We also get a shot of the Exceed Queen. I dunno, she really does seem related to Carla.
That said, the song itself, was catchy an all, but a bit too much rap and not enough music for my personal tastes. Its decent, just not as good as the last one, which had both good animation and a nice song. Either way, can’t have em all be AWESOME right? XD
I also have to comment on how quickly we got a new OP, its barely been 12 episodes, and we got a new OP this soon. It sure shows that Fairy Tail is getting a lot more budget allocated to it. Given how awesome its getting, I’m not surprised XD
ED 10 – [Don’t think Feel] by PA-NON: (C)
Yeah… this ED, really really felt like a waste of good money. I mean, not only was the song “meh” at best, but the animation was totally focused on a character that doesn’t have much importance at all. I really am begining to wonder if the Anime Director has some kind of Lisanna fetish. Jeez…
So yeah, Did not like. I guess I’m not going to be listenning to the ED every week before the preview XD
Next episode has us knee deep in the action! See you next week!
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